Bernadette Kearney is a Principal of the firm. She has practiced real estate law for over 20 years and is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Zoning Department. Her areas of concentration include municipal, real estate, zoning and bankruptcy law matters. Bernadette has represented clients before municipalities, zoning hearing boards, the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas, and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. She has also acted as solicitor to townships, zoning hearing boards and Uniform Construction Code Appeals Boards. Her clients include commercial and residential clients in land acquisitions and financings and lenders who finance commercial and residential developments.

Bernadette was selected as a 2016 Top Attorney by Philadelphia Life Magazine in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law. She was named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for Land Use/Zoning for the years 2014-2022. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers each year.

Prior to joining the firm, Bernadette served as a law clerk for The Honorable Emanuel A. Bertin of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. While attending Temple University School of Law in the evening, Bernadette worked full time for the Clerk’s Office of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as a Case Administrator for Chief Bankruptcy Judge David A. Scholl. Bernadette is an active member of the Montgomery Bar Association (MBA), currently serving as the Co-Vice Chair of the Real Estate Committee.  She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the MBA and past Chair of the Young Lawyer Section of the MBA.  In addition, Bernadette is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Bernadette received her undergraduate degree from Temple University (B.A. 1990) in Journalism, summa cum laude, and her law degree, cum laude, from Temple’s School of Law in 1997.



Representative Cases

  • Assisted with the zoning and land development approval for a new Catholic high school in Upper Providence Township
  • Assisting non-profit in obtaining conditional use and land development approval for recreation center in Montgomery County
  • Obtained zoning approval for sole proprietor to operate business from residential property
  • Counsel small businesses, associations and individuals as to collection of debt in bankruptcy cases




  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • New Jersey, 1998


  • Temple University School of Law, (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical in the E.D. of Pennsylvania, 1996-1997
  • Temple University (B.A. Journalism, summa cum laude, 1990)
  • Temple University President’s Scholar
  • Member of Kappa Tau Alpha, Journalism Honor Society


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • Young Lawyer Chair (2003)
    • Member, Board of Directors (2004-2006)
    • Chair Municipal Law Committee
    • Past Co-Chair of the Real Estate/Land Use Committee
    • Vice Chair, Real Estate Committee
  • Victim Services Center of Montgomery County
    • Secretary, Board of Directors
  • Board of View for Montgomery County
  • Member of Le Tip of Blue Bell

Publications & Speeches

  • Lecturer, Real Estate, Lorman Group Zoning and Land Use
  • Lecturer, Montgomery Bar Association Real Estate/Land Use Committee and Municipal Law Committee
  • Lecturer, Northeast District American Water Works Association and The Eastern Section WWOAP Fall Joint Meeting on “Shutting off Water”

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List for Land Use/Zoning, 2014-2022
  • Named to Top Attorneys list by Suburban Life magazine (2016, 2018) in the areas of Land Use & Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law
  • Selected as 2016 Top Attorney by Philadelphia Life Magazine for Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law
  • Listed as “Awesome Attorney” for Land Use/Zoning Law, Suburban Life Magazine, 2012, 2013

Personal Interests

Bernadette is an avid reader and enjoys spending her free time with her family. During the summer, you can find Bernadette on the beach at the Jersey Shore.